Origin of hunting cries
What is meant by the hunting cry “Tally ho!”?
In fox hunting, “Tally ho!” is a cry made when the fox is seen or “viewed”. It is believed to have derived from the Norman-french cry of “Ty a hillaut!” which was used in ancient times by the huntsman when he was certain that the correct stag had gone away. Another possible derivation, again from the French, is that the cry is a contraction of “Il est hault!” (he is off).
Other branches of venery had their own cries denoting that the quarry had been viewed or had gone away. Otter hunters of old used the cry “Heu gaze!” when the otter was seen or “gazed”. Hare hunters used the cry “See ho!” when the hare was viewed away. This phrase is believed to have given its name to the London district of Soho, which, believe it or not, was in former times, an area of fields and isolated farmsteads that was given over to hare hunting. GD
The hunting cry “Tally ho!” is believed to have derived from the Norman-french cry of “Ty a hillaut!”